Small cupboards, usually square or rectangular though sometimes round, designed to stand one on either side of a bed. They have been made since the 18th century, but true pairs are very difficult to find. In a genuine pair, the doors should be hinged on different sides, so that the cupboard opened away from the bedside. Small chests of drawers were also made as bedside pieces. Pairs of French bedside cupboards are much more common than English or Australian pairs, which even when part of a bedroom suite, were only made as singles. Most Victorian or Edwardian pairs of bedside cupboards that come on to the market, have been made up from the pedestals of pedestal dressing tables of the period, but due to demand the fact that they are not original does not diminish their value.
A pair of Louis XV style mahogany and burr walnut bedside cabinets, each with a serpentine shaped top with a burr walnut strung panel above a single drawer and a panelled cupboard, similarly embellished to the sides, with a shaped apron and raised on cabri
A pair of German exhibition walnut bedside tables, circa 1880, made by C. Prachtel, Berlin, Purveyor to the Empress, the marble topped tables each with a small panelled drawer above an open compartment and a lower cupboard also panelled and embellished wit
A Victorian walnut bedside cabinet, 19th century, of simple rectangular form with curved edges, a raised shaped low back and a single arch panelled door over a plinth base. Height 81 cm. Width 38.5 cm. Depth 35 cm
A walnut Louis XV style bedside table, circa 1880, with a serpentine top and an inset russet, grey and white veined marble top, a small panelled and foliate decorated drawer above a panelled and similarly embellished flap cupboard to a marble interior, a s
A walnut Louis Philippe style bedside table, circa 1880, with a deep grey and white flecked marble top above an ogee profile frieze drawer, a plain cupboard surrounded by simple moulding opening to internal shelving, raised on a plinth base. Height 81.5 cm
A Victorian walnut bedside cabinet, 19th century, in rich tones with good figuration, having a stepped extended top with rounded corners above a single panelled door with moulded framing and decorative cross banding, a turned knob handle and raised on a co
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